Samuel Mather of Witney (Whitney) (1674-1733)


Samuel Mather of Whitney, 1674-1733 (1928)
Thomas James Holmes

A discourse concerning the necessity of believing the doctrine of the Holy Trinity (1719)
Samuel Mather
p. 61-66

"We have the doctrine asserted.."
"I need bring no other voucher than Cyprian.." - p. 62 (Bishop Fell to Socinus)
"Jerome .. defend the place as genuine.." p. 62
(some of the Greek ms. errors) - p. 62
Stephanus Latin translation p. 63
Luther .. Brockmand de Deo & Trin - p. 63
Erasmus and Tyndal (Tindale) from Stillingfleet of Trinity p. 165 - p. 63
criticizes John Mill on Greek mss. - p. 63-64
Wallis - some omissions, should not be cast out, as not Genuine **** p. 64-65 EXC **
Logos - Word - John's style - antithesis is very natural p. 65 **
p. 66
"as it stands, is very natural, the latter clause would seem lame without the former" -
Tertullian, Cyprian - John 10:30 - "therefore, no new interpolation .. long before the Arian controversy"
p. 66-67
John 10:30 serves better "the controversy, not so much of the Trinity, as that of the Divinity of Christ"
p. 7 has a superb internal argument

What is declared is very plain, 1 John v. 11, 12.
this is the Record.
that God hath given to us eternal Life,
and this Life is in his Son;
he that hath the Son hath Life,
and he that hath not the Son of God,
hath not Life.

These Words evidently imply, that the Apostle had before declared, that God had given a Record or Witness, It is plain, I John v. 7. There are three that hear Record (or Witness,) in Heaven, and these three are one. In the 7th Verse, he declares what the Record was, which the Father, Word and Holy Ghoft bore.

We may as well reject all the Chapter, as the 7th verse.
And by a like Course of Management, cast off the Authority of the three Epistles, and Gospel of this Apostle. A compendious Way to finish a Debate ! But unless we do thus, the Place must necessarily remain as we have it; which an ingenious Gentleman has shewn in two Letters to Dr. Bently. And it’s a better Argument, to prove the Genuiness of the 7th Verse, than they who are otherwise minded, can produce in Favour of their Opinion. I shall hereafter resume the Question, relating to the Truth of the Text, as opposed to Interpolation.
Grantley covers Stillingfleet a bit, no mention of Samuel Mather or:

John Willis - mathematician

... nor does Grantley discuss the internal argument above.

The most well known Samuel Mather is:

Samuel Mather (Independent minister) - (1626-1671)

And there is also:

Samuel Mather (1706-1785)